Liverpool and Chelsea lead Prem's cash frenzy as records fall on £200m deadline day
Published 23:24 31/01/11 By Martin Lipton
Football went cash crazy in a final day of transfer-window dealing which saw the British record smashed twice in a matter of hours.
Liverpool’s response to the loss of £50million Fernando Torres to Chelsea saw the Merseysiders swoop to land Newcastle’s Andy Carroll in a stunning £35m move – as the January window topped the £200m mark.
Carroll’s deal broke the record set when Robinho joined Manchester City from Real Madrid for £32.5m in 2008.
Carroll travelled from Tyneside to Anfield for his medical having agreed a contract nearly trebling his current salary to £80,000 per week.
Liverpool’s first bid of £30m for Carroll was slapped down by Newcastle.
But the second offer was accepted as the England hitman made an official transfer request. Before Carroll had even come to terms with life under Kenny Dalglish, Torres’ departure to join Carlo Ancelotti (inset) at Chelsea for a mind-blowing £50m was confirmed.
In the end, it came down to straight hard cash as Blues owner Roman Abramovich sanctioned the mega fee.
That was just the start of a remarkable Chelsea spending spree which also saw the £21m capture of Brazilian defender David Luiz from Benfica – proof that once again the Stamford Bridge coffers have been opened.
Liverpool, who sealed a £23m deal for Ajax striker Luis Suarez last night, could not prize Charlie Adam from Blackpool as the Seasiders' supremo Karl Oyston blanked their last-gasp deadline bid.
Adam and his agent waited for hours at Bloomfield Road while Oyston ignored calls from the Anfield club and then declared that they had not bid close enough to the £12m he wanted.